The ongoing saga between Jimmy Butler and the Minnesota Timberwolves have brought many interesting moments, as trade talks continue through the regular season. However, NBA executives believe those negotiations will form into an actual deal in the near future.
Butler is having an amazing start to the season, averaging 24.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game for the T-Wolves. Despite all the friction with the organization, he is still working extremely hard for head coach Tom Thibodeau.
While Minnesota still has Butler on the roster, Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer said most executives around the league expect the All-Star forward to be on the move soon.
Houston would need to send at least $16.3M in salary to acquire Jimmy Butler. Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss are enough financially once both are eligible to be dealt on October 31.
Most NBA execs don't currently expect the Butler saga to drag on for much longer than that… https://t.co/MBpolDRAUA
— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) October 25, 2018
Houston needs to send enough salary over to Minnesota, which can be accomplished when Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss’ contracts are eligible to be traded.
Yesterday, ESPN’s NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news about the Houston Rockets offering four first-round picks for Butler.
If Butler is intent on leaving Minnesota in the offseason, then the likelihood of him being traded will be high.